MS: It’s Okay to Buy Vista OEM Software

By Ed Oswald, www.BetaNews.com January 29, 2007, 3:02 PM Microsoft has given the go ahead for users to buy the low-cost OEM copies of Windows Vista now appearing on sites like Newegg.com; however, they would be expected to adhere to the licensing terms just like any other computer manufacturer. This could mean that support for those computers with this version of Windows installed would be the responsibility of the end-users themselves. Microsoft also noted that…

Office 2003 Student & Teacher Edition Converts to Office 2007 HOME Edition

Why should you care? Because Office Home is WAAAAY cheaper than other versions at about US$160 CDN$190. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA101655301033.aspx Do I need to have a student in my household in order to qualify to purchase and use Office Home and Student 2007? No. Are there license restrictions to Office Home and Student 2007? Yes. Office Home and Student 2007 is licensed only for noncommercial use by households. It cannot be used in commercial (business) situations. As…

Is Your Windows/Office Eligble for Free Upgrade to 2007/Vista?

Technology Guarantee Programs For Microsoft Office & WindowsPlease select the specific product and country of your purchase to continue: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/techguarantee/northamerica.mspx This program is valid for boxed product purchases only. If you acquired qualifying Windows XP or Microsoft Office 2003 software pre-loaded on a new computer, please go here for Windows and here for Office. Share This With Your Friends Now:

Which CPU’s are real and which are Hyperthreads?

In a dual core, dual CPU system which CPU’s are real and which are Hyperthreads? According to my research, on an Intel Xeon 5000 server, the following config is what Windows sees: CPU ordinal number CPU id CHIP SLOT FUNC 1 (the first CPU)………. (0)……………. slot 1 real core A1 2 ……………………………….(1)……………. slot 1 real core A2 3 ……………………………….(2)……………. slot 2 real core B1 4 ……………………………….(3)……………. slot 2 real core B2 5 ……………………………….(4)……………. slot 1…

Sun, Windows Make Server Share Gains

By Ed Oswald, BetaNews.com http://www.betanews.com/article/Sun_Windows_Make_Server_Share_Gains/1156349073 Sun continued to show a resurgence in the worldwide server market in the second quarter of 2006, as the industry overall showed positive revenue growth for the first time in three quarters, research firm IDC said Wednesday. All of the growth could be attributed to the volume server market, as both the mid- and high-range enterprise server market continued to contract. Overall, revenue grew .6 percent to $12.3 billion in…

Immigration Opinion of the Masses?

The following expression of how one Australian feels about immigration is well articulated and I believe is the opinion of most Canadians and Americans who have lived in these great countries for even a few years. It makes specific reference to Muslims because that is the ‘topic of the day’ but it applies equally to any immigrant group. Note that I am first generation Canadian and have several Muslim friends, all of whom embrace and…

Commodore Launches New Site, Logo, Image, Blog and Products

by Ian Matthews www.commodore.ca Commodore is revamping their site with new graphics and content and an overall reduced colour set ‘look’. Commodore scrapped the “new” italicized chicken head logo in favour of the original. You can see the new corporate site at www.commodore-int.com; an URL which promotes the “Commodore International” heritage. www.commodoreworld.net seems to be dead (although for now it redirects to the new URL). The new blog site is http://www.channel64.net/ which should be up…

Intels New Benchmarks: The Devil is in the Details

Intel released comprehensive set of comparison benchmarks for new Xeon and Core 2 processors. Like most, if not all, companies that produce benchmarks they are skewed to favour the new product. For instance on: http://www.intel.com/performance/server/xeon/database.htm you can see the the old single core Xeon is tested with 16GB of RAM, the 5000 series test server has 32GB RAM but the 5100 series test server has 64GB RAM. The Operteron is tested with only 32GB. That…

WOW!!! AMD, ATI Merge in $5.4 Billion Deal

BetaNews.com http://www.betanews.com/article/AMD_ATI_Merge_in_54_Billion_Deal/1153751660 AMD confirmed rumors Monday and said it was merging with graphics chipmaker ATI in a transaction worth $5.4 billion. The first computer systems that would take advantage of the strengths of the combined company will begin appearing in 2007, the company said. The merger will allow AMD to offer integrated processor and graphics solutions to its customers. By 2008, AMD plans to introduce new processor configurations that would integrate the CPU and graphics…

Yahoo! Sells, Advocates DRM-Free Music

“Jessica Simpson’s ‘A Public Affair’ will be sold on Yahoo! Music in MP3 format with no DRM attached. According to Yahoo! Music blog, this is a big deal for the major online music store: ‘As you know, we’ve been publicly trying to convince record labels that they should be selling MP3s for a while now. Our position is simple: DRM doesn’t add any value for the artist, label (who are selling DRM-free music every day…

4.1 GHz Dual Core at $130 – Can it be True?

TomsHardware.com http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/05/10/dual_41_ghz_cores/ ED: The following is a summary of a 45 page document with excellent detail and graphics …The basic stats for this insignificant-seeming budget processor read as follows: Pentium D 805 clocked at 2.66 GHz, equipped with two processor cores both with 64 bit support. At your friendly neighborhood retailer you can pick up this secret weapon for pocket change – right now, for example, it’s available at newegg.com for just under US$130. We…

Simple 2 Minute Instructional Video on How to Change Your Laptop LCD

MobilityGuru.com http://www.mobilityguru.com/2006/02/24/how_to_replace_a_broken_laptop_or_notebook_display/page2.html …I’d more or less stumbled across the Web site of a company named ScreenTek Limited a few weeks later. Their offerings certainly sounded tempting. For only $100, they would swap my old, damaged display for a gleaming new one. Other options included a new standard display for $362 or a high gloss display for only $50 more… …Armed only with a flathead and a Phillips-head screwdriver, I went to work. I unplugged the…

AMD’s quad-core CPU to consume dual-core power

TomsHardware http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/06/23/amd_quad_core_power/ Chicago (IL) – If AMD has its way, then Intel’s performance-per-watt leadership claim may be short lived: The first quad-core Opterons, due in 2007 will consume the same power as today’s dual-core processors, while AMD expects Intel to increase the power envelope when adding more cores. Intel will be dominating the headlines in tech publications early next week with the debut of a new architecture (“Core”) that is believed to not only increase…

Toshiba Sells HD-DVD Player at Half Price

TomsHardware.com http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/06/23/toshiba_hddvd/ El Segundo (CA) – The first generation of HD DVD players are priced 50% below their Blu-ray rivals. While it is no secret that the HD DVD camp is using a lower price to make up for feature disadvantages, a market research firm today reported that Toshiba in fact is taking a loss: The actual cost of the device may be 40% higher than the retail price… According to Isuppli, the bill of…